IT HITS YOU LIKE A TON OF BRICKS: A NOTE TO MYSELF.

I have a box simply labeled “Memories” and as a borderline-hoarder, it’s my justification for keeping things that normal people throw away: movie stubs; invitations; funeral programs; brochures; Polaroids; CDs; string (not even kidding); my first library card; my first “smart” phone; Sailor Moon keychains; that fortune cat keychain I thought I lost… I thought I had gotten minimalistic about that type of hoarding and anything like that was in that box. I have another box that I bought for one purpose: to house a vintage pillowcase that my mom gave me that my great grandmother made. (I also may have happened to sneak in a copy of a rare Cookie Monster book that I had as a child that was MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE and subsequently my mom sold at a garage sale. I found a duplicate copy years & years later at an antique store in Bay City.) I …

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AUGUST GARDEN.

I know it’s super cliché to say things like this, but I CANNOT BELIEVE that we’re at the end of August! I mean, HOLY SHIT! Personally, that means only ONE FRICKIN’ MONTH UNTIL BRIAN & I GET MARRIED!!!! Okay, this post is NOT for panic attacks. It’s for sharing (what’s left of) my garden. My garden has not fared well this summer: I wasn’t attentive enough in the weeding and watering and kind of just let it do it’s own thing. It definitely was not as successful as when I just grew a few things in pots on our deck. But hey, it’s all about trial and error and learning as you go! Okay, now some notes… So clearly, my one bunch of lemongrass TOOK OFF! I think it’d be excellent it its own little section next year. My vine-y stuff, that is watermelons and cucumbers, pretty much just passed …

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THE WHEEL OF TIME.

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is a story that takes place both in our past and our future. In his fantasy world, the Dark One, the embodiment of pure evil, is breaking free from his prison. The overall plot is about a man who learns that he is the reincarnation of the world’s messiah and is once again destined to save the world from the Dark One — but possibly destroy it in the process. This saga is not only his story, but the story of an entire world’s struggle to deal with war and change, destruction and hope. May the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. (via) I began reading The Wheel of Time series in 2006. I finally finished it yesterday. “Finish WOT” has been on so many of my to do lists over the past few years (including being officially listed in my 26 Things …

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THINGS I COLLECT: ESSENTIAL OILS.

A new-this-year collection to me is essential oils. And after realizing how many I’ve accumulated in such a short period of time, I’ve decided I’ll make a separate post detailing my personal journey, thoughts, and opinions on essential oils, haha! In total, I have over 80 individual bottles of single oils or pre-made blends by 4 different brands, 5 diffusers & 1 nebulizer, and have made plenty of my own… cleaning spray, “poo-pourri”, candles, body sprays, diffuser recipes, and more. I think it’s safe to say I love essential oils. I love the simple fact that I can just diffuse a blend for an instant mood adjuster and it’s soooo much more customizable than a candle – plus safer! I diffuser at home, before bed, at work, while driving… LOVE IT. I’ll share what my favorite brands, diffusers, blends, and more are in the future too 🙂 BLOG ▪ ETSY …

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GARDENING SPOILS.

I was scrolling through some of my recent photos on my computer (not many) and remembered I wanted to share this snapshot from earlier this month of a few of the bounties of my garden: cherry tomatoes, green bell peppers, and purple bell peppers. I’ve never had purple bell peppers — they’re white inside! Yesterday I picked almost any cherry tomato that wasn’t green. They’ve been this weird orange color for a while and I’ve kept waiting for them to turn red, but instead, they’re just bursting and/or falling to the ground. My large tomatoes aren’t looking so hot. A few of them have been eaten halfway through and they’ve got some weird black patches 🙁 I also picked two of the watermelons that don’t seem to be getting any larger since a few of those are being nibbled too. As I mentioned before, this is my first bedded garden, …

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OCTOBER12016.COM (WEDDING WEBSITE).

It seems pretty commonplace for couples to have a website for their wedding information. I tried a few different options on websites like The Knot, Wedding Paper Divas, and a few others, but I couldn’t quite get everything I wanted out of just one. I ended up deciding to purchase our own domain name and host it in conjunction with this here blog. I used Weebly‘s drag-and-drop site builder to put it together (basic version is included with my iPage hosting account). It was super simple and looks pretty great! I’m sharing this because I’ve uploaded over 500 photos of some of Brian’s and my life together there if anyone’s interested in taking a peak: OCTOBER12016.COM. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

FAT CATS & OUR SOLUTION.

When Brian and I moved in together back in 2012, we blended our little furry families: my two cats, Heidi & Milo, and his one, San. We are different people and have different ways of raising kitties. My cats are front-declawed and stayed indoors. His cat is not declawed and spends most of her waking hours outside. My cats had a self-dispensing endless supply of dry food and his had a giant open bowl of dry food. Together, we somehow blended the worse of both situations. My cats started wanting to go outside, and his cat decided that the all-you-can-eat buffet was her favorite thing. San got pretty fat pretty quickly. We weren’t quite sure what to do about it, really. We didn’t like the idea of having to portion out food daily to whiny needy kitties. But boy, was San getting chunky! One day, we stumbled upon this Interactive …

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THINGS I COLLECT: MANEKI-NEKO.

My collections are usually pretty small. Almost every day I bounce between being a hoarder and being a minimalist. Not kidding. It’s intense. I will accumulate more knickknacks than one knows what to do with, then box them up and ship them to Goodwill. It’s a crazy cycle, let me tell you… I currently have six representations of Maneki-neko. I purchased my first “lucky cat” in Chinatown, Chicago, Illinois, in August 2009 (the fattest one on the red carpet). The next year, I purchased two more (again, in Chinatown) and gifted one of the two to my boss Renée and kept the other to remind me of her (the teeny tiny one). I purchased the single white one next, but cannot remember when or from where. After that, I started labeling them. The group of three kitties came from Brian’s and my trip to Austin, Texas, in October 2012. (I …

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 3.

Day 3 is a tiny post compared to Days 1 & 2! The third and final day of our trip we considered going to Buffalo’s Taste of Buffalo, which to out-drinking-at-2-a-m Brian and Ashley sounded great! However, after having breakfast at Buffalo’s 2nd highest rated breakfast place, Betty’s, we realized that surfing through a massive crowd of people on a ninety-degree day to eat $5 worth of food for $20 just wasn’t our thing. We went with mini golf instead. As per tradition, of course. We play mini golf on almost every one of our vacations. After mini golf, it was just another six hour drive to get back home. The mini golf place we went to was pretty nice. Since Brian and his family own and operate a miniature golf facility, our expectations are a little more understanding, but still high. The course was well-maintained and laid out, and …

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BUFFALO, NY: DAY 2 (MY 29TH BIRTHDAY).

(Day 1 is here.) Day 2 Day 2 in Buffalo was a full one. This is such a PHOTO-HEAVY post! This was my actual birthday. My 29th one to be exact. It started as a dreary, drizzly day that eventually cleared up. Breakfast Brian looked up “the best breakfast” rated restaurant around, Maggie’s, so we stopped there before heading to the falls. I was a little apprehensive because the route there and the general neighborhood seemed questionable, but I will definitely recommend Maggie’s for a great breakfast! Niagara Falls The overcast weather kept us from completely melting when we visited the American side of Niagara Falls (this image points out the names of the specific falls, via How Stuff Works). When we got there, I had problems with my camera and almost panicked, but it was something simple (I can’t even remember now) and only ate up about 10 minutes …

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